Day 3: Trip to Souj, Qasr Ibn Wardan, Rasafah and Qala'at Ja'abar (1)
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Our hotel in Hama, the Cairo hotel, is described as â€˜possibly the best budget hotel in Syriaâ€™. Well, as far as friendliness of the staff and the possibilities to book custom-made tours are concerned they are definitely right.
When we arrived at the hotel yesterday we saw a list of activities hanging in our room, all of which could be booked from the hotel. I tell you, pretty much everything this country has to offer can be booked as a daytrip from this hotel!
Originally we were planning on visiting the many historic sites in Syria from the nearest town, using public transportation. But with a bit of puzzling with several different tours the hotel offered we managed to create an itinerary in which we could see all the sites we wanted to see in just three days, instead of the five days we had planned for this. And best of all, at the end of these three days we would be dropped off in the city of Aleppo, our next destination.
So the choice was easily made, and today we set off on our first (and longest) tour with our private chauffeur Omar.
Omar was an affable Syrian, born and raised in Hama, and after a life as busdriver and ten years as one of the drivers working for Hotel Cairo he had picked up enough English to be able to do some small talk.
Transportation for the next three days was a 40 year-old battered Mercedes. You know, the type of car many a dictator or sultan would have preferred in the sixties - the perfect car for a tour like this!